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YMMV: Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
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  • Base Breaker: Hiromu Sakurada/Red Buster. Either he's a very complex and different kind of Ranger with an unusual personality or a boring character who's all show and no substance.
  • Complete Monster: Enter/Dark Buster started with his "attempts" to appease his Majesty Messiah. This involves causing misery as much as he likes and pulling Unwilling Roboticisation, even on children, using them as human shields in much more frequently than Guirail could even muster and, on top of that, having a blast while doing them with an unabashedly relaxed, but still nasty speech pattern peppered with French phrases. Even after Messiah is apparently destroyed, he seems to escalate his horrors, going so far as to implant himself with two cards containing backups of Messiah's data—one of which also contains Masato Jin's data — in order to become the new Messiah, as well as implant Hiromu with another card to serve as his Soul Jar, forcing the Go-Busters to face the possibility of killing Hiromu in order to stop Messiah once and for all. He even threatens to harm Hiromu so grievously as to put him into a coma, just so that he can keep his Soul Jar alive without worrying about Hiromu attempting to off himself — assuming the card would let him do so.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Enter has proven to be quite popular amongst fans, who like him not only because of his enjoyment of being the bad guy, but also due to being a quite credible threat, being able to go toe-to-toe with the Go-Busters in fights and succeeding in several of his missions. His proving to be very Dangerously Genre Savvy and learning for his mistakes as the show moves on has made fans like him even more.
    • Among the heroes, the most popular character is, oddly, Usada.
    • Now we have Beet Buster and Stag Buster. Their hilarious antics and awesome design and fighting style really help.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Escape.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans pretend that the series never exist and the franchise should be concluded inmediately with Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, full stop.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Rumors seem to have started circulating around that this series will be Adapted Out (partially because the Kyoryuger adaptation, Dino Charge, is apparently an official announcement). Making jabs about Power Rangers getting Reference Overdosed in this season seems a little sour in taste now, huh?
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Just as the hardass Commander Kuroki was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, Kuroki's actor Hideo Sakaki makes the news by apprehending an upskirt pervert. Talk about taking your work home with you.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Apparently the Magi Yellow outfit can promote its actor to gold status (before Hiroya Matsumoto/Tsubasa returned as Beet Buster, Nic Sampson/Chip returned as the Sentinel Knight.)
    • Go-Buster Oh didn't actually need Kamen Rider Fourze's Super Switches to execute a Rider Kick.
    • In #17, Jin sends out a loud "Oh, shit". It was funny but then we remember this.
    • #21. Ryuji gets a handle on his "berserk" side by making it a part of himself.
    • Since the 'exporting' of Super Sentai internationally under the name Power Rangers is old news by now in Japan, the whole premise of Rangers protecting their world's power supply (the whole Enetron shebang) may have been Toei's attempt to create literal Power Rangers.
    • One old rumor before Go-Busters aired was that Gavan would be the teams mentor. Thirty episodes later, guess who appears? Well...Mind you, not the one we were thinking of.
    • In #33, the Powered Custom Super Mode involves an addon to the morpher that fuses our heroes bodily with their Buddyroid partners...kinda like CycloneJokerXtreme. As if reinforcing this, Red sticks to close-quarter combat (like CycloneJoker), Blue summons a girder that he uses like a staff (HeatMetal), and Yellow sticks with the shooting (LunaTrigger)!
    • Ryuji was not the first blue ranger to have problems with Overheating. Gosei Blue had in one episode too and, while Ryuji gets psychotical, Hyde gets HILARIOUS.
    • The show's overall theme is about how perfection is overrated and that having no flaws can make something boring. Cue Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger's main protagonist Daigo Kiryu, an Ace who's so perfect, it's stated by Tessai that his one major flaw is that he has no flaws. Whether King subverts or exemplifies Go-Busters is up to the individual person to decide.
  • Ho Yay: With Shelly and Yōko in episode 31 splitting desserts.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Enter, oh so much so. Dangerously Genre Savvy, Bad Ass, charismatic and more than willing to dirty his hands, he has been the Busters' greatest enemy from the very beginning, often outsmarting friend and foe alike and manipulating situations to his advantage. No wonder he's become a Dragon Ascendant. Perhaps it's all the more impressive that Enter actually worked his way to become this.
  • Memetic Mutation: Two episodes in and there's already a tally running to count how many times the Go-Busters throw their glasses aside.
    • Go-Buster Ace dancing.
    • When it was revealed that Enter put the 13th Messiah Card in Hiromu and used it to back himself up, many people commented that "Hiromu is a Horcrux!"
    • "It's time for ______ Buster!" seems to be getting this status.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Their plan in Mission 3 pushes Messiah and Enter over this, as the Unwilling Roboticisation and near mass murder committed in the episode was outright said by Enter to be solely For the Evulz.
    • In Mission 10, Enter pulls Unwilling Roboticisation on a number of civilians, including a child, and then using them as Human Shield.
    • And in Mission 49, he goes even further, assimilating an Enetron tank, turning it into a Megazord, along with dozens of innocent employees. He even attempted to absorb children! And his final plan has him doing this all over the world. As if we needed any more reason for him to be deleted!
  • Most Annoying Sound: The sound heard whenever a Metaroid is created.
  • Narm: Half the fanbase considers it Darker and Edgier Deconstruction. The other half of the fanbase is rolling their eyes at chickens and not eating enough candy being weaknesses.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Mission 3, which is not unlike a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Overheated Ryūji is badass, but his way of fighting was utterly sadistic even for Sentai standards and terrifying. No wonder Yōko was scared out of her pants.
      • For that matter, both Yōko's and Hiromu's weak points border on And I Must Scream.
    • Enter after his defeat in Mission 30. Somehow him becoming more stoic and calm with only occasional traces of his troll-like persona remaining. Somehow this makes him even more disturbing than he already was.
    • Well, Escape's megazord debut. She takes Enter and CRUSHES him using the megazord's hands. It's pretty graphical for a show like this and there's the crushing sound to make everything better.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Earlier impressions of the Commander Kuroki left with the sour taste in the viewers. It took his Hidden Depths to redeem him.
  • Robo Ship: Usada and Yoko. Later, Yoko and J get paired up often.
  • Special Effect Failure: when in close-up shots, the Buddyroids' eyes just look like glow-in-the-dark stickers.
  • The Scrappy: Hiromu Sakurada is mainly despised by the fanbase. Reasons are lacking proper Character Development and not being cool as Takeru Shiba or Captain Marvelous, as well as getting much Wangst. He's also the reason why this series is unpopular.
  • They Just Didn't Care: You know it is bad when the spin-off series Akibaranger gets more effort poured into rather than the Sentai of the year. Later on Kamen Rider Wizard also suffered from the same problem, with Akibaranger's second season airing on the same year.
  • Thew Wasted Perfectly Good Characters: The Buddyroids (save for Beet J. Stag) are mostly underused aside of being mostly comic reliefs and as parts for the Powered Custom.
    • Let's not get started with the Go-Busters themselves, they would have getting Character Development if the staff puts more effort on them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Messiah's origin is never revealed. Being a computer virus, one would think that it'd be a man-made entity, and some speculation is made regarding its origins (perhaps the scientists at the facility, or even Hiromu's parents created it). It would have made for an excellent reveal during the late stages of the series, but it was never even hinted at or touched on.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Go-Busters is a great show, but had the misfortune of coming after Gokaiger, which was brimming with awesome. It's worse if you compare it to Kobayashi's previous Sentai, Shinkenger, where the cup runneth over with epic dramatic awesome every single episode.
  • Uncanny Valley: An intentional case. Hiromu's face on Enter's head is very... off.
  • Vanilla Protagonists: With the exceptions of Jin and J. The three core Go-Busters (Hiromu, Ryuuji and Youko) are this, since it didn't got Character Development for them, even in their focus episodes, making themselves Static Characters.
  • Vindicated by History: The season has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity for the same reasons people derided it at first (being too different). Especially from Kamen Rider fans and people disappointed with Kyoryuger and ToQger.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The special effects are really top notch this year.
    • Notable is the almost complete lack of stock footage, especially when the previous season was full of it.
  • Wangst: Hiromu. Everytime he's not acting stoicly, being scared by chicken or kicking Vaglass butts, tends to whine, especially over his missing and now dead parents. When Enter reveals that he has the last Messiah Card in his body, he's even considering suiciding himself in order to kill Enter. Seriously?

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